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James W.  McCready III

James W. McCready III

James McCready, III is a partner with substantial experience in product liability, trucking litigation, Admiralty, Longshore and Harbor Workers' compensation matters, personal injury defense and civil rights litigation. With a practice spanning over air, land and sea, he represents a diverse range of clients in several industries including automotive manufacturers, industrial manufacturers, insurance providers, shipping and logistics companies, shipbuilding and ship repair entities and other maritime companies. 

James represents many different entities involved in the transportation of containerized cargo in claims involving personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and occupational exposure. From cargo claims at sea involving the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, to ground transportation claims involving damaged cargo and personal injury, James has a thorough understanding of the laws and issues regarding this concentrated area of law. 

James has also dealt extensively with employment litigation. He is well-versed in handling claims involving federal workers' compensation acts including the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Additionally, James has defended his clients in OSHA matters, where he works to reduce or set aside penalties and helps his clients avoid serious citations.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1988

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida


  • University of Miami School of Law, J.D., 1988

    cum laude

    Member, University of Miami Moot Court Board

  • University of Florida, B.A., 1984

Professional Associations

    • Defense Research Institute
    • Trucking Industry Defense Association
    • DOL Joint Bar Association
      —Board Member – Defense, 2019
    • Dade County Defense Bar Association
      —Board of Directors, 1992 – 1993
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
      —Port Director, 2000 – 2002
    • Florida Defense Lawyers Association
      —Product Liability Committee
    • American Bar Association
    • The Florida Bar


    • Martindale-Hubbell
      —Rated AV Preeminent

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